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Portable car chargers with a range of 30 km on a 30-minute charge are expected to land in 2022

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UK company ZipCharge has its “breakthrough” portable charger called Go. presented

UK company ZipCharge has unveiled its “groundbreaking” portable charger called Go, which will be available to customers late next year. The power banks can offer a range of up to 20 miles from a half hour charge (at 7.2 kW), which, according to the provider, is sufficient for the average daily commute in Great Britain.

It may look like carry-on luggage, but this new product for EV owners, slated to hit the market in a few months, claims to “give everyone the opportunity to charge at home”. It was launched as industry insiders predict that sales of new zero-emission cars will surpass unpopular diesel vehicles from next year.

When it is officially released it will be available for a subscription of £ 49 per month or can be purchased directly at a price (to be confirmed) that is “comparable to buying and installing a Level 2 home EV Charger “is. That corresponds to an order of magnitude of 800 euros. It was designed to be ultra compact and lightweight, so it can be easily stowed in the trunk or at home.

However, exact numbers for the amount have not been released, so electric vehicle owners do not yet know whether hauling them in the luggage compartment will use more of their car’s battery range than the power banks in the new power supply can provide. It has a power panel with the controls and status displays. And the front cover can also be personalized in different colors and finishes to match the exterior of the owner’s electric car.

The bank’s battery can be charged at home or elsewhere with a normal household plug at a lower cost per kWh of electricity compared to public charging. With the retractable handle, users can then roll it to where they parked their electric vehicle and plug it into the charging port.

The charging cable is locked in place to attach it to a vehicle and prevent thieves from running away with it. It’s also safe to stay outside in the rain. Jonathan Carrier, the company’s co-founder, introduced the product at the COP26 summit earlier this month and described the event as “the perfect place to introduce ZipCharge to the world”. He added: “One of the main barriers to wider adoption of electric vehicles is the fear of charging; the inability to charge near or at home. ZipCharge removes this hurdle and democratizes the ownership of electric vehicles. “

In the UK alone, around 40 percent of households – that is around 8.5 million properties – have no designated off-street parking spaces. This is a particular problem for electric vehicle ownership. If you want to switch to a battery-powered model, you either have to come up with sophisticated ways to charge your car outside of your home or rely on the currently limited, local public charging network.

ZipCharge says the Go is “the first element of a global portable EV charging platform that combines hardware, software, machine learning and innovative ownership models to bring affordable and convenient EV charging to more people than ever before.” It also creates “an intelligent energy management platform that offers flexibility and resilience for the national power grid”.

Inside the power bank there are lithium-ion battery cells with a high energy density and the associated power electronics. A bidirectional AC-DC inverter enables charging in both directions – from the grid to the device and from the device to the grid – so the power bank can be used to store cheap night-time energy and feed it back into the grid at peak times.

Built-in 4G connectivity allows users to remotely manage their Go charger via a mobile app, with features to monitor charge status and plan when to start powering a vehicle. Smart technology will also allow the system to learn a user’s charging patterns and provide schedule recommendations to optimize charging during periods of low usage, save money and reduce the load on the network.

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